Category: Cool Stuff

Take Control of New Apple Updates

iOS 11 was released today, with a bunch of new features (especially for iPad), some redesigned elements (like Control Center), and nifty things like a great augmented reality implementation for combining the virtual and the real worlds. And coming up next week is the release of macOS High Sierra. It seems like a lot to ...

The Great Book Larder Bakeoff: Savory Bakes

Judging savory bakes inspired by the Great British Baking Show is a burden, but I'm willing to do my part.

Second Beach

Photos from a wonderful weekend camping at Second Beach, near La Push, Washington.

Eclipse Viewing

It seems as if every other photographer wanted to capture the eclipse itself. I found my family to be just as interesting.

My Favorite Coffee in Seattle

If you're just visiting Seattle, or you've just moved here, or if, like me, you want to expand your coffee knowledge, here are some of my favorite coffee spots.

AirPods Review in The Seattle Times

When Apple announced AirPods, the wireless earbuds, I thought they looked cool, but they didn’t really catch my attention. I already owned a pair of Bluetooth headphones, and regular earbuds have generally worked just fine in my ears. And then people started to rave about them. As I mention in this week’s Practical Mac column ...

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Anne Livingston’s Soup Zine

With the new year, I and many other people are trying to figure out ways we can help people and causes that need assistance. My friend Anne Livingston just created a great one: Soup Zine, a “hand-illustrated mini cookbook [that] shares easy recipes and pro tips for comforting soups to keep you warm all winter.” ...

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Sticking Close to HomeKit at The Seattle Times

I dipped my toes into HomeKit recently, and now I’m waist-deep into smart home technology. For my latest Practical Mac column at The Seattle Times, I look at several devices that are making my home better, as well as the effect it’s had on my family and I: Making a smart move with HomeKit smart-home ...

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The Best 360-Degree Camera

Here’s something a long time coming. I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new guide at The Wirecutter: The Best 360-Degree Camera. This is by far one of the most interesting projects I’ve done. 360-degree cameras capture the entire sphere around the photographer, in stills or video, which is great for getting a better ...

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Why I Ordered a 2016 MacBook Pro

While Apple was introducing the new 2016 MacBook Pro during its recent media event, I was ready to place my order. My workhorse 2010 MacBook Pro, which I’ve Frankenstein’d in various ways to eke out more life, is now enough behind the curve that it’s time for an upgrade. (It’ll make a great Mac for ...